Hair is complicated. It has a mind of its own, but we obsess over every detail (from color to products) to ensure it looks good at all times. One thing that doesn't need to be complicated about our mane is its style. Whether you have a signature beauty look or feel like taking on a trendy cut, many of us already know what will work and what won't.
If you're a New Yorker, you also know that easy, manageable hair is a must, and luckily the coolest fall haircuts are all about low-key beauty. We chatted with some of the top stylists in the city, and they all agree that no-fuss hair is a must this season. Whether you're in the mood to release your inner rockstar by going for a shag-like cut or want to embrace your hair's natural pattern, one thing is for sure: Fall hair has never looked so good or been so easy. Here are this fall's trendiest hairstyles from NYC's top stylists.
The Mid-Length Shag
Sun Ju Hirsch, stylist at Rita Hazan Salon in New York City, tells us it's all about the mid-length shag this season: "This hairstyle is very popular and is all over the magazines right now. With this cut, you can wake up with instant volume and defined curls."
To maintain the cool-girl styling post-cut, Hirsch says a small mix of wax and Oribe Dry Texturizing Spray ($46) will do the trick. "This cut is effortlessly cool and trendy—especially when paired with red lipstick. All eyes will be on you," Hirsch adds.
The Swingy Lob
If you loved the lob, you're going to want to let it stick around, because Bumble and bumble stylist and educator Denise McLaughlin says it's not going anywhere. "The below-the-shoulder, textured, slightly A-line mid-length cut—also known as a lob—is popular because it's still sexy but a bit more sophisticated than long hair," she says. "Keeping the fringe long, or no fringe at all, keeps it modern and fresh for fall."
If your hair has some natural curl or texture, this cut is a must-try before the year's end. However, McLaughlin adds that "it's also suited for those inclined to use an iron to create this texture over their natural hair if it's straight." When styled au naturel, Denise recommends using the brand's Grooming Creme ($31) or Surf Foam Spray Blow Dry ($31), and finish with Thickening Dryspun Finish ($31) or Cityswept Finish ($40) for extra texture.
Layers and Bangs
If you're looking for a trendy style that works whether your hair is in its natural lived-in state or beautifully blown out, then layers and bangs are calling your name. "You can have straight, curly, or wavy hair because this look adds body and movement, and you can dry it naturally because it brings out natural texture," says stylist Nunzio Saviano.
He adds that with layers, there is no daily styling commitment, unlike other cuts, and air-drying your locks is the way to go. "It shouldn't look perfect," he says. However, be mindful of going overboard with layers. "Too many layers can look like 'The Rachel,' but if you layer it more like a shag, then it's fresh and different," he adds.
Natural and Effortless
Sometimes it's all about low maintenance ease and this fall Lexi Salkin, senior stylist and educator at Blackstones NYC, is seeing women embracing a natural look. "Clients want hair that is easy and beautiful and seemingly effortless. Rather than a particular cut or designated length, the common denominator of almost all my conversations about hair focus on an aesthetic," she says. Consider this lived-in cut the no-makeup makeup of hair.
"Although these new cuts are seemingly minimal, they work on all hair lengths, which applies to a lot of people and can be tailored to work with someone's hair texture and align with their threshold for maintenance."
Unlike more elaborate, graphic styles that require hair dryers or curlers, Salkin notes that this cut is "a lot softer and more forgiving." And of course, with natural and effortless comes the less-is-more approach to styling. "It starts with shampoo and conditioner. The Five Wits Rejuvenating Shampoo ($25) and Balancing Conditioner ($27) are perfect for getting texture, and dry shampoo is a must."